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Talent Agents Dede Binder & Gwenn Pepper Team To Relaunch Defining Artists

Less than a year after Gva Talent, Defining Artists, David Shapira & Associates merged to form Concept Talent Group, Dede Binder, who had been a Partner and Owner of Defining Artists since 2003, has left Concept along with Gwenn Pepper, formerly of Gva. The two have partnered to relaunch Defining Artists as a boutique talent agency for film and TV actors. It is located on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood. Binder brings to their banner clients Judd Nelson, Joely Fisher
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Transformers: Power of the Primes launches online

Hasbro and Machinima have announced the launch of Transformers: Power of the Primes, the third and final chapter of the Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy, on the go90 mobile video network. Check out the new poster artwork, synopsis, and an embed to watch the show below…

After Megatronus eliminates Optimus Prime and claims the Matrix of Leadership and Enigma of Combination for himself, the other Transformers robots look to Megatron to lead the charge against their diabolical foe.

Unbeknownst to them, Megatronus’ pursuit of the next ancient artifact, the Requiem Blaster, goes beyond his desire for power and the search will uncover mysterious secrets from Cybertron’s past. Before the Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy concludes, a new Prime will ascend and all will bear witness to the true Power Of The Primes.

Transformers: Power of the Primes features a voice cast that includes Judd Nelson, Gregg Berger, Rob Dyke, Charlie Guzman,
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First trailer for Transformers: Power of the Primes rolls out

With just four days to go until its premiere, Machinima and Hasbro have released a trailer for the final chapter in The Prime Wars Trilogy, Transformers: Power of the Primes which features a voice cast that includes Judd Nelson, Gregg Berger, Rob Dyke, Charlie Guzman, Ron Perlman, Mark Hamill, Samoa Joe, Mikey Way, Jason Marnocha, Jaime King, Matthew Patrick, Wil Wheaton, Kari Wahlgren, Patrick Seitz, Frank Todaro and Abby Trott; watch it here…

After Megatronus eliminates Optimus Prime and claims the Matrix of Leadership and Enigma of Combination for himself, the other Transformers robots look to Megatron to lead the charge against their diabolical foe.

Unbeknownst to them, Megatronus’ pursuit of the next ancient artifact, the Requiem Blaster, goes beyond his desire for power and the search will uncover mysterious secrets from Cybertron’s past. Before the Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy concludes, a new Prime will ascend and all
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Molly Ringwald Praises the Airline and Doctor Who Saved Her Dad's Life Mid-Flight

Pretty in Pink star Molly Ringwald's father recently faced a medical emergency at 36,000 feet, but thanks to the swift action of the airline and a doctor onboard the flight, Molly's dad survived. And now, the 50-year-old has praised the heroes who saved her dad's life, on Twitter. "We all love to publicly vent against airlines, but today I would like to thank Southwest Airlines and the doctor who happened to be onboard. They emergency-landed the plane for my dad. Because of their speed and professionalism, my father's life was saved," she wrote on Thursday, April 26. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) Southwest Airlines later responded to the actress's post, tweeting, "Molly, we are so happy to hear that your father was taken care of by our crew today. We would love to follow up further so that we can recognize our crew." Molly's father, by the way, is renowned jazz pianist Robert "Bob" Ringwald.
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Transformers: Power Of The Primes Gets an Awesome New Trailer!

Machinima and Hasbro have released an exciting new trailer for the third and final chapter of their Transformers: Prime Wars trilogy, Power of the Primes. If you haven't been watching this series, you're really missing out, especially if you're a fan of the original cartoon series.

This trailer provides a first look at some of the impressive voice-talent who are making their debut in the series including Ron Perlman as Optimus Primal, WWE Superstar Samoa Joe as Predaking, Mikey Way from the rock band My Chemical Romance as Snarl, Jaime King (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Solus Prime, and Gregg Berger, the original voice of Grimlock, returns to the role! They join returning cast members Mark Hamill, who made his debut as Megatronus in the finale of the second chapter of the trilogy, Transformers: Titans Return, Judd Nelson, who is voicing a character new to the trilogy, Rodimus Cron,
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Times move pretty fast! Rewatching 80s favourites in the age of #MeToo

Molly Ringwald’s reappraisal of The Breakfast Club has thrown an uneasy light on other 80s classics, with their casual treatment of rape and abuse, dodgy sexual politics and breezy paedophilia. We look at 10 of the worst with fresh eyes

Everyone has blind spots when it comes to things they loved as a child: you don’t remember how shonky your favourite toys were, or how weirdly racist your most-adored first books could be. Partly, this is because you encountered these things as a child and so didn’t think to question them, but it’s also because you don’t want to question them, because questioning them means rewriting your happiest memories.

This is probably why John Hughes has got a free pass for so long. Many of us who are now adults grew up with his films and cherished them with the fond sentimentality French novelists reserve for madeleines.
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Is Reassessing Old Films a Good Thing?

Neil Calloway wonders if judging films by today’s standards is worthwhile…

It’s started, and we’re only going to see more of it; the reassessing of old films according to today’s political climate. It’s inevitable, and if we’re honest, has been going on in other ways for years. Think of all those articles about films that were ignored for awards a decade ago, or the rehabilitation of 1970s New Hollywood Cinema that came when Easy Riders and Raging Bulls was published. Reappraising films is a big part of film criticism.

Recently, two pieces have come out that look again at films from the 1980s. Molly Ringwald has written an article from a 2018 perspective on her collaborations with John Hughes, notably The Breakfast Club, where she claims her character is sexually harassed by Bender, played by Judd Nelson, and notes that despite this, they end up
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Molly Ringwald Questions Breakfast Club and John Hughes in Wake of #MeToo

Molly Ringwald Questions Breakfast Club and John Hughes in Wake of #MeToo
John Hughes is the undisputed master of teenage movies from the 1980s, but the #MeToo movement has Molly Ringwald revisiting these comedic, sometimes romantic dramas through a new lens. Ringwald was Hughes' muse during the early 1980s, crafting Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink specially for her and having her star in The Breakfast Club. The actress reveals that she doesn't make it a habit to revisit or own films but admitted to watching The Breakfast Club with her 10-year old daughter after the little girl asked to watch it with her mother.

Molly Ringwald's daughter didn't pick up on much of the talk of sex or drugs, but she did reportedly have an issue with the scene where Judd Nelson's Bender character goes under the table and sees Ringwald's underwear. It's implied that Bender touches her inappropriately, and it got Molly Ringwald thinking about the #MeToo movement. She
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Molly Ringwald Revisits Problematic Scenes in John Hughes Films Amid #MeToo Era

Molly Ringwald Revisits Problematic Scenes in John Hughes Films Amid #MeToo Era
Though John Hughes' The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles have become beloved films since they were released in the '80s, actress Molly Ringwald, who rose to fame through her starring roles in both films, admits to now finding some scenes in those two movies problematic amid the #MeToo era.

In an essay she wrote for The New Yorker, published Friday, Ringwald says she began re-examining her films and relationship with Hughes with a newly critical eye after watching The Breakfast Club with her 10-year-old daughter. In one particular scene in the film, Judd Nelson's John Bender peeks under her character's skirt, with the...
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Molly Ringwald Is Troubled by ‘Breakfast Club’ Crotch Scene in #MeToo Era

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Molly Ringwald Is Troubled by ‘Breakfast Club’ Crotch Scene in #MeToo Era
Thirty-six years after appearing as Claire in the “Breakfast Club,” actress Molly Ringwald revisited the cult-classic film with her 10-year-old daughter and was troubled by the crotch scene in the wake of the #MeToo era.

In a new essay for The New Yorker, Ringwald wrote, “It’s hard for me to understand how [director] John Hughes was able to write with so much sensitivity, and also have such a glaring blind spot.”

“I thought about it again this past fall, after a number of women came forward with sexual-assault accusations against the producer Harvey Weinstein, and the #MeToo movement gathered steam,” she continued. “If attitudes toward female subjugation are systemic, and I believe that they are, it stands to reason that the art we consume and sanction plays some part in reinforcing those same attitudes.”

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The scene in question involved Judd Nelson’s Bender who hides under Claire’s desk while the high schoolers are in detention. “While there, he takes the opportunity to peek under Claire’s skirt and, though the audience doesn’t see, it is implied that he touches her inappropriately,” Ringwald said. “I was quick to point out to my daughter that the person in the underwear wasn’t really me, though that clarification seemed inconsequential.”

The scene ended up being shot by an older actress because Ringwald (at 16) was still a minor. Even Ringwald’s mother protested the scene. “My mom also spoke up during the filming of that scene in ‘The Breakfast Club,’ when they hired an adult woman for the shot of Claire’s underwear,” the actress wrote. “They couldn’t even ask me to do it — I don’t think it was permitted by law to ask a minor — but even having another person pretend to be me was embarrassing to me and upsetting to my mother, and she said so. That scene stayed, though.”

Ringwald did commend Hughes — who died at age 58 in 2009 — for giving a voice to outsiders and the positive impact the filmmaker’s movies had on adolescent audiences.

Also Read: Molly Ringwald Says Me Too: 'Director Stuck His Tongue in My Mouth' at 14

“John’s movies convey the anger and fear of isolation that adolescents feel, and seeing that others might feel the same way is a balm for the trauma that teen-agers experience. Whether that’s enough to make up for the impropriety of the films is hard to say,” she said. “Even criticizing them makes me feel like I’m divesting a generation of some of its fondest memories, or being ungrateful since they helped to establish my career. And yet embracing them entirely feels hypocritical.”

“If I sound overly critical, it’s only with hindsight. Back then, I was only vaguely aware of how inappropriate much of John’s writing was, given my limited experience and what was considered normal at the time,” she added.

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Molly Ringwald Explains Why She’s ‘Troubled’ by ‘The Breakfast Club’ Three Decades Later

Molly Ringwald Explains Why She’s ‘Troubled’ by ‘The Breakfast Club’ Three Decades Later
Molly Ringwald rose to prominence as John Hughes’ muse in the hit films “Sixteen Candles,” “Pretty in Pink,” and “The Breakfast Club,” but her most beloved movies are troubling her in hindsight. In a new essay for The New Yorker, Ringwald salutes and critiques her collaborations with Hughes, finding certain scenes in the director’s films to be misogynistic and homophobic. The actress makes it clear she loves Hughes and is proud of their work together, but that doesn’t mean their films should not be analyzed under a contemporary context.

While Ringwald was showing her daughter “The Breakfast Club” for the first time, the moment in which Judd Nelson’s Bender peeks up her character’s skirt stood out and made Ringwald uncomfortable. The actress writes that she “kept thinking about the scene” long after the viewing ended, and it wasn’t the first time she was forced to
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Canon Of Film: ‘The Breakfast Club’

In this edition of Canon Of Film, we look at John Hughes‘ seminal 80’s classic, The Breakfast Club. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Director/Screenplay: John Hughes

A brain, an athlete, a princess, a basketcase and a criminal.

I’ve been thinking a lot about high school lately. I had a reunion a few years back; I didn’t attend it ’cause it was too expensive and formal, but true to form for my class anyway, a few people had similar thoughts and chose to rebel and hold a more impromptu one elsewhere, and out-of-character for me, I attended. So, if some will bare with me a second…. To those who were trying to get me to say it the entire time, yes, I had fun. I’m sorry for seeming so ambivalent before about it, but I find
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Spirit Awards: Andy Samberg Begs Indie Actors Not to Sell Out With 'Breakfast Club' Parody

Andy Samberg, who has created catchy yet silly songs such as the infamous "Dick in a Box" and "I'm on a Boat," offered his musical talents for the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday.

Samberg took the stage dressed as Judd Nelson in his most famous role as John Bender in 1985's The Breakfast Club. Instead of crafting his own tune, Samberg stuck to his role and created a parody of The Breakfast Club's signature song, "Don't You Forget About Me," by Simple Minds. 

"Don't You Forget About Us" points to Hollywood stars such as Jennifer Lawrence and Mark Ruffalo, whose...
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2018 Independent Spirit Awards live blog: ‘Get Out,’ Frances McDormand (‘Three Billboards’), Timothee Chalamet (‘Call Me By Your Name’) win on way to Oscars

2018 Independent Spirit Awards live blog: ‘Get Out,’ Frances McDormand (‘Three Billboards’), Timothee Chalamet (‘Call Me By Your Name’) win on way to Oscars
The 2018 Independent Spirit Awards were handed out on Oscar eve, March 3, during a lively ceremony presided over by the comedy team of Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. These long-time comedy collaborators returned to host the 33rd Indie Spirits after a well-received turn at the podium last year.

Many Academy Awards hopefuls are in contention for these prizes bestowed by Film Independent. Luca Guadagnino‘s romance “Call Me by Your Name” has a leading six nominations and was locked in a tight race for Best Picture with Jordan Peele‘s horror satire “Get Out,” which won. Also in the hunt was Greta Gerwig‘s coming-of-age memoir “Lady Bird” is in the mix as well. The two Oscar frontrunners — “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” — were inexplicably snubbed in this top race.

As we predicted “Three Billboards” won the same acting awards that it is tipped to take
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‘The Breakfast Club’: John Hughes’ Pain-Fueled Rebellion Comes to Criterion

Not a moment too soon for the wave of 80s nostalgia still sweeping America’s culture industry, this month The Criterion Collection released John Hughes’s era-iconic ode to teen rebellion, The Breakfast Club. Sharing as much with the existentialist theatre of Sartre or Camus as with other teen movies of the era, Hughes’s auteur work – instructively simple in premise, sets, images and dialogue – tracks five teenage protagonists of seemingly irreconcilable differences through an unexpected journey of self-discovery in the grey, silent purgatory of Saturday detention. The latent theme of much popular media about adolescence is here rendered bare, as the mythic imagery of the American suburban high school becomes a prism in which the artifice of socially-imposed identity is amplified and shattered.

United in punishment under the yoke of a sneering authoritarian teacher, the five young adults each lurch back and forth between simmering conflict and frank introspection
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All the Throwback Set Photos You Need to See, From Dawson's Creek to 10 Things I Hate About You

All the Throwback Set Photos You Need to See, From Dawson's Creek to 10 Things I Hate About You
Ever wonder what the stars of your favorite movies and TV shows got up to when the cameras weren’t rolling? Well, we have some partial answers for you.

Keep scrolling to see the best behind-the-scenes shots from decades past. They’re totally phat, gnarly, groovy and … you get the idea:

The cast of Dawson’s Creek.

Lizzy Caplan, Jonathan Bennett, Amy Poehler, Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Crimi in Mean Girls.

Amy Poehler and Nicole Crimi in Mean Girls.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Andrew Keegan, Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Larisa Oleynik, Gabrielle Union-Wade, and David Krumholtz in 10 Things I Hate About You.
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Mark Hamill and Ron Perlman join Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy

Hasbro and Machinma have announced that Mark Hamill (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy) have joined the cast of the Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy animated series.

Hamill made his debut as Megatronus in the season finale of Transformers: Titans Return. One of the Thirteen Original Primes, Megatronus was exiled from Cybertron after murdering one of the other Thirteen, Solus Prime, effectively becoming the first Decepticon.

Hamill’s Megatronus will be joined in the final chapter, Transformers: Power of the Primes, by Ron Perlman as Optomis Primal. Other new additiosn to the cast include Jaime King, Gregg Berger, Jaime King and WWE Superstar Samoa Joe, while returning voice actors include Wil Wheaton, Judd Nelson and Kari Wahlgren.

Transformers: Power of the Primes is slated to premiere in the second quarter of the year.

Via THR

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Mark Hamill and Ron Perlman Join The Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy Animated Series

Hasbro and Machinima have announced some great casting for their animated series, Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy. Fan favorites Mark Hamill (Star Wars) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy) have both joined the cast. Hamill will be taking on the role of Megatronous and Perlman will playing Optimus Primal. Both these actors have such great voices that are perfect for this franchise. Here are some additional details that were released on their characters and when we will see them:

Hamill, who returns to the Transformers franchise after previously starring in Transformers: Rescue Bots, will make his debut as Megatronus (The Fallen) in the finale of the currently running series Transformers: Titans Return and will air on January 9, 2018. One of the Thirteen Original Primes, Megatronus was exiled from Cybertron after murdering one of the other Thirteen, Solus Prime, effectively becoming the first Decepticon. In the finale episode of Transformers: Titans Return, he stays true
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Deleted Scene From ‘The Breakfast Club’ Released Featuring Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy

Deleted Scene From ‘The Breakfast Club’ Released Featuring Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy
John Hughes’ second film “The Breakfast Club” has become classic among high school films, not to mention helping introduce several of the actors known as the Brat Pack. More than 30 years after its release, the Criterion Collection’s recent restored Blu-ray edition includes 50 minutes of previously never-before-seen material including a deleted scene between Molly Ringwald’s character, Claire, and Ally Sheedy’s Allison.

The Breakfast Club” revolves around a group of high school students who are nearly strangers, but are stuck together in Saturday detention. The clip shows the preppy Claire and “basket case” Allison in the bathroom as Claire tries to strike up a conversation while Allison washes her hands. Claire makes a comment about Allison’s “out of the ordinary” eating habits like eating chips near a “live toilet” before apologetically offering to talk with her. In response, Allison takes a napkin and daintily retrieves a chip from out of the sink and eats it
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Press Notes: John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club

Back in June of 2016, a John Hughes phantom page appeared on Criterion’s Web site, which led to many speculating as to what it might mean as far as films entering the Collection. Many thought that a box set would be inevitable, and for a time it seemed like 16 Candles might be the first to get a spine number. Then, in June of 2017, we had our first real tease as to what might be coming: A breakfast club.

Today, the Criterion Collection has released a new definitive edition of the 80s classic, and it features a number of improvements over the previous home video edition, most notably the deleted scenes.

Here are some reviews and links from around the web:

Criterion

What happens when five strangers end up together in Saturday detention? Badass posturing, gleeful misbehavior, and a potent dose of angst. With this exuberant, disarmingly candid film, writer-director John
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